Gender equality may be making strides for women in politics and business, but a new study suggests there is still room for growth in the bedroom. For a recent study , now published online in the Journal of Sex Research, University of the Pacific sociologist Ruth Lewis and Cicely Marston of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine interviewed 71 heterosexual men and women 37 women and 34 men aged on their attitudes and approach towards oral sex. The teenagers were chosen from three geographical locations: London; a medium-sized northern English city; and a rural area in southwest England. The interviews consisted of an initial talk and a follow-up interview a year later, and the teens were recruited through schools and youth organizations. Results from the interviews revealed British teens had conflicting ideas about oral sex performed on men and women.
Behaviors and attitudes towards oral sex are changing, study shows
Young Women's Behaviors and Attitudes towards Oral Sex
There has been increasing concern among parents and the media that the casual attitude and frequency of oral sex leads to exploitation of young women. Unprotected oral sex may be less risky in terms of disease transmission than unprotected genital intercourse. However, disease transmission is still possible with oral sex, and evidence suggests that many young people do not practice safe methods during oral sex. The questionnaire contained questions about numerous behaviors and attitudes regarding different sexual practices. Malacad and her team found that approximately 75 percent of the 18 to 25 year old women had engaged in oral sex, which was nearly the same number as those who had had vaginal intercourse. The remaining nine percent view it as more intimate than intercourse.
Study shows behaviors and attitudes towards oral sex are changing
University of Alberta researcher Brea Malacad says results from a study on oral sex indicate there is little doubt that oral sex is becoming a more common activity for young women. Study results show the act has become a fundamental part of what Malacad calls the "sexual revolution of the 21st century". And she concludes that researchers, sex educators and marketers of safer-sex paraphernalia need to catch up with the trend.
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